Ukes on YouTube could save school

02:41, Apr 26 2011
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HIGH HOPES: Beach Haven School students, from left: Shammah Taualii, 10, Tyler Cassidy, 11, and Uikilifi Leaaetoa, 11, need more people to watch their ukulele group's YouTube clip.

Strumming ukuleles may be the secret to fixing a school's leaky building woes.

Half of the group had never played a chord, but that didn't stop Beach Haven School from entering Hitachi's nationwide ukulele competition.

Teacher Karen Kumar gathered 13 of her senior students and two teachers to strum their way on to YouTube with hopes of winning the $10,000 first prize.

The prize money would go a long way to fixing the school hall which has been classified as a leaky building, she says.

But music stands are top of the school's wish list.

"At present they have their music on the floor. They all look to the floor instead of looking up," Mrs Kumar says.

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"Often fundraising relies on the money in the area and Beach Haven is a low decile school so every penny helps."

The Beach Haven Super Ukers were in sixth place in the competition of more than 130 entrants on April 18.

Mrs Kumer says playing the ukulele is "pretty hot" at the moment.

The music classes are building up to the end of year performance at the national ukulele festival in Waitakere.

Last year's festival had 2200 children strumming together, Mrs Kumer says.

North Shore Times